Homily meaning

hŏmə-lē
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A sermon, especially one intended to explain the practical and moral implications of a particular scriptural passage.
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A moralizing lecture or admonition that is often tedious or condescending.
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A platitudinous or inspirational saying.
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A sermon, esp. one centering on Scriptural texts.
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The definition of a homily is a religious sermon or speech that is intended to provide spiritual education, or any moral lessons that are being imparted, especially when being imparted or taught in a tedious way.

When a minister gives a sermon, this is an example of a homily.

When someone gives a long and dull lecture about morality, this is an example of a homily.

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A solemn, moralizing talk or writing, esp. if long or dull.
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A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter.
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"O most gentle Jupiter! What tedious homily of love have you wearied your parishioners withal, and never cried 'Have patience, good people.'" -- Shakespeare.
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Origin of homily

  • Middle English omelie from Old French from Late Latin homīlia from Greek homīliā discourse from homīlos crowd sem-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English omelye, from Old French omelie, from Ecclesiastical Latin homilia, from Ancient Greek ὁμιλία (homilia, “conversation; sermon”).

    From Wiktionary